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Foundations of Government Week 1 Reading: Introduction, Logic Dr. Jenn M. Jackson PSC 121: Introduction to American National Government
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The importance of social choice Social choice helps to shape public life in critical ways: Open and public debate about critical issues facing constituencies Democratic style governance where all voices are supposed to be heard equally New ideas help to make common good available and accessible to broader groups of individuals It can also breed conflict (Or as James Madison called them in Federalist No.10, “mutual animosities”). That’s why we have politics. 3
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A few terms from the text* Politics - the process through which individuals and groups seek agreement on a course of common, or collective, action - even as they disagree on the intended goals of that action Bargaining - negotiations between parties and political actors Compromise - a settlement in which each side concedes some preferences to secure others Preferences - what individuals and groups want out of the political process; not necessarily linked to self-interest 4
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